Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

March 01, 2011 11:21 ET

Government of Canada Supports Seniors in Dartmouth

DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - March 1, 2011) - Over 200 seniors in Dartmouth have the opportunity to organize and benefit from various physical activities, thanks to support from the Government of Canada. The announcement was made today by the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

Minister Finley is responsible for the New Horizons for Seniors Program, which is providing support for this project.

"The Government of Canada is improving the lives of seniors, and is proud to support local organizations with the same goal," said Minister Finley. "This project is an excellent opportunity for seniors in Dartmouth to take on a leadership role, and to positively contribute to the quality of life in their community."

The Regroupement des Aînées et Aînés de la Nouvelle-Écosse is receiving $25,000 for its project. This initiative will allow seniors to lead and take part in recreational and sporting activities, in order to increase their social participation in the community and reduce isolation. The project is bringing together different generations, and approximately 25 youth are participating.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

BACKGROUNDER

New Horizons for Seniors Program

The New Horizons for Seniors Program helps to ensure that seniors are able to benefit from and contribute to the quality of life in their communities through their social participation and active living. Since its beginning, the Program has funded over 7 000 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada. Last year alone, more than 100 000 seniors in over 500 communities throughout the country were involved in projects funded by the Program.

Through Budget 2010, the Government invested an additional $5 million per year in the Program, bringing the total budget to $40 million. This additional funding will support projects that encourage seniors to volunteer and mentor other generations, as well as initiatives that aim to increase awareness of financial abuse.

For more information on the Program, or upcoming calls for proposals, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559